Serves me right for stopping for lunch as Postmedia’s Glen McGregor beat me to my next blog post on Elections Canada paying people to speak out against the Fair Elections Act:
Former auditor-general Sheila Fraser could be paid up to $65,000 by Elections Canada for providing advice on electoral reform and co-chairing a panel that has met only twice.
Fraser was last year named as co-chair of a blue-chip advisory panel that is to give advice to Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand on supporting democracy and overhauling the elections system.
This week, she made headlines by emphatically denouncing the Conservative government’s Fair Elections Act, saying the legislation would amount to “an attack on our democracy.”
And that’s not all who received some cash to go after this bill through the media:
Her co-chair on the panel, former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie, could earn even more, up to the $68,914.
Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning, former Liberal MP Bob Rae, and former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow are all contracted for payments of more than $34,000 over the three-month period. (see here)
That’s just shy of $500,000 of taxpayers’ money Elections Canada CEO Marc Mayrand has handed out when you add the $262,000 given to Harry Nuefeld (see here) for his part in this obviously preconceived gambit to attack the Conservatives and save his fiefdom.